This is my family’s favorite song in the mission field. It is a very comforting song that our hearts have to thank the Lord for leaving to us this promise. I want to share to you some of our experiences in the field.
Sometimes fear rules my heart that I could hardly breath. But then a still small voice reminds me that I have nothing to fear because we are doing God’s work and He has left a promise to us in Matthew that even unto the end of the world He will be with us. That verse also gives me comfort and assurance.
One time we were heading down to the city to get our weekly food. The mission post has nothing that we need to go down once in awhile in order to get provisions for the week. While heading down we were held for almost five hours by armed people. There were almost 300 hundred other civilians that were held too. And when one of the armed men gave us an order to drop if we hear gun shots, I started trembling. I have never been in a situation like that. That death was already in my mind. I thought of our kids back in the Mission Post that if we die that day we will never see them that I cried while we were assisted to join the group of civilians that were also being held. But then I remembered the Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 that my fear was gone. I prayed that if ever it will be the end of our lives, the Lord will guide our children on the path to finish the work that the Lord has entrusted to us. The time we were released, it was already getting dark and that we still need to go back to the Mission Post. The road was so ugly that we need to slow down in order to avoid wreck. After what happened you can never expect travellers. It was so quite that even when we were riding on a motorcycle we could just hear our heavy breaths and the sound of the crickets. And then I remembered the Psalm 23 song so I initiated singing and my husband joined my singing. We arrived safely at the Post and praise God for His travelling mercies.
A month after the event, we visited one of the informal schools the Lord has entrusted us. Since the villages where we have post are so remote, it can’t be avoided that we need to pass on roads that don’t have houses, just forest trees so it is really scary but singing out loud God’s promises gives us comfort. In fact an hour and a half after passing on one of the places, a war happened between the military and the opposite side of the governemt and again the Lord kept us away from that death bed.
Several times, we were kept from the death valley and we were so thankful to our Almighty Father for giving us more time to finish His work that He had entrusted to us.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29
I have a favorite quote from this book entitled “The Faith I Lived By” it says “A bed of pain is a precious place when we have the presence of Jesus. When we are obliged to drink of the bitter waters, turn away from the bitter to the precious and the bright. In trial grace can give the human soul assurance, and when we stand at the deathbed and see how the Christian can bear suffering and go through the valley of death, we gather strength…and we fail not, neither are we discouraged in leading souls to Jesus. FLB 186.4″ This makes our Christian walk more colorful if we can taste of the bitter cup though the experiences we have is far bitter than the experiences of other Christians and Jesus Himself while He was on earth. Still it gives us strength to move on to the next page in spreading the goodnews to everyone that is in hunger and thirst.
Here’s a poem I want to share to everybody especially if you are doing the Lord’s service. This will give you comfort and courage to continue in your work despite the difficulties and trials.
“We may sleep, but not forever; There will be a glorious dawn; We shall meet to part, no, never, On the resurrection morn. From the deepest caves of ocean, From the desert and the plain, From the Valley and the mountain, Countless throngs shall rise
again.” LS 479.3)
Soon we will all be faced with death valleys. Remember we aren’t alone for our Saviour is always with us even unto the end of the world. We may be dead for His name sake but the hope of being resurrected on His second coming is another morning to those that die in Christ.